Meet our Team
Executive Director Gerrit Leewes, or "Wind", has been with camp since 2004. In addition to his 20 years of professional camp experience, Gerrit has a BA in Recreation from the U of A, and experience at two other Alberta camps. He began his career with Camp Warwa as a instructor and worked as Program Director before becoming Camp Director and then Executive Director. He is the Past President of the Alberta Camping Association and would like to invite all our families and clients to never hesitate in contacting camp with their questions.
Gerrit, his wife Faith and his three boys Erik, Connor & Jack are looking forward to another year filled with great memories! Erik is especially excited to be old enough to attend summer camp for the first time in the Day Camp program.
Our Camp Director Wes Burns or “Orion” as he is known at camp, has been with camp since 2012. Wes holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Wes has extensive experience in camping and outdoor education, previously working at camps in Ontario and California. Wes has a keen mind for scheduling and is the genius behind creating the experiences for our clients.
Wes is looking forward to getting to know all the members of the Camp Warwa community, playing Flicker on his guitar at opening and closing campfires, and working towards making our programs even more exciting!
Our Administrator, Joeanne, has been with Warwa since 2009. She works with all our outdoor education clients and with all of our summer camp families. She is the friendly voice on the phone when you call camp and is happy to answer any questions you have about camp. She is also a master of caring for bees and making delicious honey outside of camp.
Emma (Moose) is originally from Ireland but has been living and working in Canada since 2017. Emma has a degree in European Studies, French and History from Maynooth University, Ireland. Emma has been working with children and in the camp world for 4 years and has previously worked at camps in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario and France. She is an avid traveller, loves to be outdoors and is a social media enthusiast.
Emma is excited to be at Camp Warwa, to have fun and to help show more people the impact that camp can have.
Ashley (Cedar) is originally from Toronto, Ontario and has been in the camping industry for 8 years. Ashley has a Bachelors in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Laurentain University. She has a passion for the outdoors and spends her free time hiking and going on canoe trips.
Ashley is excited for the new adventures she is going to have at Camp Warwa.
Our Staff Team 2019
Working at Camp Warwa is a total blast! It’s the kind of job that attracts the best kind of people. All our staff are committed to making a difference in the lives of children.
Working with children in an outdoor setting is an exciting and active lifestyle that brings out the awe of discovery and realization of one’s self and others.